Onwards and upwards, but Watford gave us a good game yesterday. Their pressing and defending was impressive and they managed to keep us at bay for the first-half. We were missing the flair and creativity which had ripped Man United apart in the first twenty minutes two weeks ago. However, this was due partly to the way the Hornets’ played and they need to be given credit for this. Somehow though, you just knew that they would run out of steam, they were chasing us down on every ball so it was inevitable.
In the second half we got our mojo going and finally got into the Watford gap, but it still took us twenty minutes before Sanchez got the much needed first goal on 64 minutes. Then came twelve minutes of beautiful football, we grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and took control. Unfortunately, Theo, despite hard work and tireless running, failed to get on the scoresheet and was subbed just after the first goal. On comes the poncy Frenchman and it seems competition for the CF place is having the desired affect, it took him all of four minutes to tap in our second. By this time Watford were running on empty and knew that the game was lost, and so it was as twelve minutes after the first goal, Ramsey finally managed to get his first goal of the season.
Ozil, despite not being able to put the ball in the net, had a fine game with assists for two of the goals. Infact, the second half showed the whole teams efficiency and ability together. From Cech, through our wing backs Bellerin and Monreal, le Big Coq and the midfield and forwards, all were on the same wavelength, Little Santi summed up our confidence when he played tippy, tappy football with himself, just on the edge of our own penalty area, skilfully keeping the ball despite the attention of two or three Watford players, eventually bringing the ball out of defence effortlessly and with absolute control.
Overall, it was a very good game, a game of two halves, but give credit where credit is due, Watford contained us extremely well in the first 45 minutes.
So we stay second in the league, two points behind City and the fight for the title is very much on. Yesterdays results went fairly predictably, Liverpool and the Spuds fought out an entertaining goaless draw that keeps both nicely down the table. City had a fairly easy game against Bournmouth and surprisingly, United seemed to get an easy victory away to the Toffees. The Chavs, well still midtable but it was on the cards they would beat Villa and West Ham continue their fine away form to keep in touch with a Champions League spot.
The season is only a quarter of the way through, we are second in the table with a good run of games coming up. We have proved over the last three games that we can contain good teams and score, we’ve scored eleven goals in three matches, and shown that we have in our locker the ability to quickly take the lead and defend to maintain the lead (Man Utd) and we have proved that we have the patience to wait until the time is right, as against Watford yesterday.
It looks as if this season will be a good one for Arsenal bloggers, there will be more drama I’m sure, we will probably experience some nervous moments but surely this season we can be serious title contenders? If we can get through to Christmas with close to the maximum points available, stay close to City and Man Utd, then who knows….. if we do our normal good run after Christmas, I would like to think we will be crowned Champions at the end of the season.
OK, anything can happen between now and May and I’m having to fight my inner self who keeps running away with dreams of winning the league…. but on current evidence, it’s easy to do that, as I’m sure a lot of Gunners are doing the same. It’s going to be an interesting and bumpy ride, put your seatbelts on, grab the door handle…… and enjoy.